Dunvegan is the perfect base from which to explore everything Skye has to offer, but you don’t have to leave the village to enjoy a beautiful walk or excellent fishing.

Dunvegan Castle

Any visit to would be incomplete without savouring the wealth of history offered by Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, it is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.

In stark contrast to the barren moorland and mountains that dominate Skye’s landscape, the gardens are a hidden oasis featuring an eclectic mix of plants as you make your way through woodland glades, past shimmering pools fed by waterfalls and streams flowing down to the sea. 

You can take a traditional clinker boat out across the loch to see the local seal colony that laze along the rocky shorelines of Loch Dunvegan.

Dining

There are plenty of options for dining nearby, and the excellent Old School Restaurant is within walking distance of the cottage.

A short drive will take you to the Michelin-starred Loch Bay restaurant, the world-famous Three Chimneys, and Stein Inn which boasts a vast selection of whiskies. There are also plenty of eateries within the village (and an excellent cake shop).

Just north of Dunvegan you will find Claigan’s spectacular coral beaches which are a favourite picnic spot with the locals.

Shopping

The Co-op supermarket in Portree is excellent, but there is also a greengrocer in Dunvegan, a bakery, and a small convenience store containing essentials.

You won’t be disappointed by Dunvegan’s shopping opportunities with plenty galleries, studios and craft shops. There is also an excellent sporting goods shop for all your hunting and fishing needs.

Dunvegan has all the essentials, including a post office, petrol station, and medical centre.